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T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Letter by the Chair of the Board 5 Identity 7 Vision 7 The Principles that Guide Us 7 Mission 7 The Current Goals 7 Coming Together for the Children of Southern Baja 9 One Man’s Will 9 A Decade of “Ducketts” at Querencia 10 LCCF Through the Years 12 The Impact of Our Programs in 2015 15 Spirit of Service 15 Spirit of Joy 19 Spirit of Love 21 Spirit of Hope 23 The Children Move Us 25 The Year in Stories 25 Visiting Salvatierra 36 “Celebrating Life” 37 Partners, Sponsors and Friends 39 Financials 41 2015 Audit 41 Join us! 43 How to Donate 43

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L E T T E R B Y T H E C H A I R O F T H E

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hank you for taking the time to learn more about The Duckett and the work of the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation (LCCF), and read the stories of the children and families we serve. In knowing their stories, we can also share our own. I am often asked why I have been involved with the Foundation and its predecessor for more than ten years. We have three wonderful children, but lost a fourth child, Annie, when she was 11. Annie died of pneumonia and other complications of her medical condition since birth. We were blessed to have the resources and medical care to do everything possible to keep Annie alive and comfortable, and while we grieved the loss of our child and sister, we took some comfort knowing we did all we could. When we made Mexico our home 22 years ago, we quickly connected with so many families and children in the Baja. I also saw first-hand the economic, logistic and practical challenges of getting medical care for children suffering life-threatening illness. LCCF has done much to improve access to medical care for those who need it most. My service to this organization is driven by the thought of how it feels to be the parent of a critically ill child, and to struggle to afford or acquire even the most basic medicines to keep a child comfortable - let alone access the specialized medical care and equipment that could save a child’s life. The need is great. We are only limited by our ability to carry a message effectively to you that will open up your hearts. Warm regards, Larry Hendrickson

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I D E N T I T Y

VISION THE PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE US

MISSION THE CURRENT GOALS

os Cabos Children’s Foundation strives to elevate health conditions and therefore quality of life for the children of Baja California Sur.

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Respect for life and for all human beings. Collaboration because we know we can’t do it alone. Excellence in the work we do everyday. Service to the most vulnerable. Joy to celebrate children’s purest essence. Love for the children we serve. Hope to never give up, despite the obstacles. Gratitude to all who believe in us and join us in helping the children every day.

To promote, fund and monitor programs that have a focus on health for children in Baja California Sur.

• To continue building awareness in the community so that we can help more children through our fundraising and the programs we support. • To contribute in building a world class pediatric health system for the state of B.C.S., available to all children, especially the most vulnerable. • To help generate a more profound impact through the organizations that share our vision and receive our support, by facilitating tools that help them achieve their goals and carry out their mission efficiently and effectively.

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“One raindrop in the ocean doesn’t seem like much. From that one drop however, a ripple effect is created, and countless circles emanate from that simple, unassuming source. Now imagine that one raindrop was instead a caring thought, an altruistic endeavor just taking shape. At first it appears insignificant, incapable of any lasting impact. But slowly, and with much work, this seemingly inconsequential moment produces a vast network of committed, caring circles circles of love.�

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ack in 2002, Tom Walsh, a successful businessman and Palmilla resident from South Dakota, never thought his genuine concern for some children would end up helping hundreds more to have better health. The need to help a growing number of local children with cancer get treatment was his initial motivation. Before he even thought of a foundation, his response was to take them “home” to Sioux Falls, to offer them the care they needed. As when things are meant to be, everything began to come together. Tom was instantly motivated by the relief and hope he brought to many families. Other foreign residents of Los Cabos who were committed to give back to this home away from home, joined Tom on this generous venture, as did his hometown community by offering their support. “The vast network of committed, caring circles - circles of love” began and Los Cabos Children’s Foundation was born. Tom once said about LCCF’s work, “when you have good people doing good things, great things happen and we create tidal waves of love.” Many families of Los Cabos and all of Southern Baja have felt that love thanks to Tom’s vision and drive. We are forever grateful for this loving legacy. 9


A DECADE OF “DUCKETTS” AT QUERENCIA

CCF started as one member’s effort to address the critical healthcare needs of one child, and has grown over the years to serve hundreds of children with lifethreatening medical needs in the Los Cabos area. LCCF has deep, longstanding ties to the Querencia community, and current board members include Rosella Coppel, Richard Erickson, Felipe Fernandez, Larry Hendrickson, Rich Lirtzman, Marco Monroy, Kevin Roberg, Javier Troncoso and John Van Brunt. Querencia is very proud to be a significant contributor to LCCF. Their support has had a profound impact on the lives of many children, including some of their own employee families. Back in 2007, Querencia Golf Club decided to support the great work of LCCF and also sustain a legacy of caring and outreach that was so important to Fred Duckett, a founding Querencia member who had passed away the year before. Alfred “Fred” Clayton Duckett, Jr. a prominent Southern California real estate developer, restaurateur and sportsman, died after battling melanoma with great courage. Fred married Patricia Lee Campbell and they spent their honeymoon in Las Cruces, Baja California, beginning a lifelong love of fishing and sailing the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Fred was also an avid golfer and belonged to several clubs in California, as well as Querencia.

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Today, Los Cabos’ most prestigious fundraiser has successfully reached a decade of undoubted support from the community and Fred’s family continues to attend our “Duckett” every year. We are very grateful to his wife, Patty, his children, John, Alfred, Peter and Anne “Cammy” and their children, for allowing us to keep honoring Fred Duckett’s life and for staying connected to our cause. LCCF will continue to carry his legacy of commitment to the community in the years to come. We are truly thankful to the more than 2,000 guests, supporters and volunteers that have made possible this celebration of life, giving and hope.


“A big thanks to the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, the doctors and all of you that support this amazing foundation. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to live. God bless you all”, were the words of 13 year-old Jared who went upstage during the 2015 Fred Duckett Challenge to express his gratitude after going through an open heart surgery last November 2014.

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LCCF THROUGH THE YEARS

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First contact with 3 cancer patients that unfortunately never get a chance to be treated.

The first patient, Carlitos Vazquez, with Leukemia, reaches Sioux Falls and receives treatment, care and hope in Avera McKennan Hospital before his death.

First contact with Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to address congenital heart defects through openheart surgery. American Airlines becomes a valuable partner by transporting the families to the U.S.

The U.S. non-profit is created and celebrated in the first fundraising event at Club 96 in Palmilla in a partnership with Villas del Mar.

The Mexican association is created and the donataria status is obtained. LCCF begins supporting and partnering with local organizations like Amigos de los Niños and Mobilize Mankind, to work together for the health needs of the most vulnerable children in the community.

The “Spirit of Joy” program begins to send cancer patients to Culiacan, Sinaloa where we also offer support for the first “Casa Valentina” to be a home for the children from BCS who receive their treatment away from home. The Santa Josefina Blood Bank is created to support their care while in Los Cabos and it is run by LCCF’s partner in critical medical issues and care logistics: Amigos de los Niños. Querencia becomes a partner as the host of our annual fundraiser: the Fred Duckett Challenge.

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“Casa de Carlitos” hospitality home, in honor of the first patient touched by LCCF, was finished outside Avera McKennan Hospital in order to make the patients and their families feel at home while receiving treatment.

LCCF makes the first contact with Fundación Teletón to bring a CRIT to Baja California Sur. The mission continues focused on bringing better health conditions to the children of Los Cabos.

Due to the overwhelming needs, LCCF considers building a Pediatric Hospital in the Los Cabos area. It continues to partner with different local organizations, inspiring great commitment to the community.

Partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Amigos de los Niños and Hospital Pediátrico de Sinaloa to develop the children’s cancer treatment program in Southern Baja. The new state administration in BCS learns of this effort and joins the team to bring cancer treatment for children to our state.

The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit is created in Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, thanks to LCCF’s initiative and support.

The first open heart surgery in the state of Baja California Sur is performed by Dr. James Hammel and his team on little Roman in the ISSSTE Hospital in La Paz, as part of the creation of the “Spirit of Love” pediatric cardiology program. Later that year, a second surgical mission is done in Salvatierra Hospital, the “Spirit of Love” program’s home ever since.

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2014

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With support from LCCF, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Salvatierra Hospital is created in order to obtain the accreditation of the Pediatric HematologyOncology Unit and to support the pediatric heart surgeries, as well as treat critical pediatric patients from all over the state. It is still the only one of its kind in Baja California Sur. LCCF comes forward as a facilitator for many relief efforts after Hurricane Odile devastates Los Cabos.

The 5th and 6th rounds of pediatric open heart surgeries take place in La Paz for a total of 68 operations for Southern Baja children. Our Service, Joy, Love and Hope keep gaining strength through our donors’ support.

The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away. Dr. Wayne Dyer

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T H E I M P A C T O F P R O G R A M S SUPPORTING LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON THE HEALTH NEEDS OF CHILDREN IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

ince its beginnings, LCCF has partnered with other local non-profits that share our vision of supporting children through programs that focus on their health. Through the Commitee for Grants and Medical Programs, our Board of Directors makes sure the donations we receive are well invested and contribute to giving the children better quality of life. The following organizations were approved to receive a grant to support their work from July 2015 to June 2016:

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• Amigos de los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. provides quality health care in Los Cabos to children under the age of 18 who have no other means of receiving care or whose health care provider is deficient in arranging for external medical consultations, organized clinics and assistance in setting up medical treatment for special cases of the severely ill or disabled. Since LCCF’s creation, ADLN has been its main partner for addressing cancer and cardiac illnesses. Approved grant: $50,000 dollars. • Liga M.A.C., A.C. offers a helping hand to the low-income families of San Jose del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished and have access to medical care and also provide children

and adults with the opportunity to continue their education through scholarships. Approved grant: $45,000 dollars. Red Autismo, A.C. provides early detection for autism in children. Assists families, teachers and therapists with educational and nutritional support at their therapy center. Approved grant: $50,000 dollars. Sarahuaro, A.C. runs “La Cocina de los Niños” which provides daily meals to the most underpriviledged children of a public school in Cabo San Lucas. Approved grant: $12,000 dollars. East Cape Comunity Urgent Care Clinic, A.C. provides preventive health education, medical and dental treatment to the children and lower income families of the East Cape community. Approved grant: $50,000 dollars. Abriendo Corazones – Opening Hearts is a non-profit dedicated to building an accredited pediatric cardiac care program available to all children in the state of Baja California Sur, in collaboration with LCCF, Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and the BCS state government. Approved grant: $250,000 dollars.

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$517,000 dollars invested in 1 year on the well being of more than

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• Ayuda a Corazon de Niño, A.C. assists children with congenital heart defects (CHD) with information, resources, medical solutions and social care and attention in the state of Baja California Sur. The organization acts as the main logistic support group for LCCF’s Spirit of Love heart surgery program, providing travel arrangements, lodging and food for the patients and their families. Approved grant: $30,000 dollars.

• Sudcalifornia contra el Cancer Infantil, A.C. is based in La Paz and supports teenagers and children with cancer and their families by providing chemotherapies and other medications, as well as tests, supplies and other needs that patients encounter to receive treatment. In alliance with the group “Por Ellas” it has also donated vital equipment to the Pediatric Oncology Unit. Approved grant: $30,000 dollars.

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Amigos de los Niños, our partner in the Spirit of Service program since 2006, has been supporting the health needs of the children of Los Cabos for almost 25 years. Here in one of their latest events where they provided eye surgeries with the support of a local hospital and doctors.

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April 2nd is the International Day of Autism Awareness. In Southern Baja, Red Autismo, one of the non-profits we support, is devoted to help children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, to improve their quality of life.


East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic is located in Los Barriles and was founded by Charlene Wenger. LCCF supports their mission to provide dental and medical care at no cost to all of the children under the age of 13 in the East Cape area.

Through our Spirit of Service program, you help local non-profit organizations reach their goals and contribute to impact 500 children’s lives.

This year a new grantee came into the LCCF family. Sudccai is a non-profit based in La Paz and has been helping children with cancer since 2012. Here is its founder Lorena Romero with Gay Thatcher from Amigos de los NiĂąos, Marisa Comella form LCCF and the Pediatric Oncologist from Salvatierra General Hospital, Dr. Eduardo Altamirano.

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HELPING CHILDREN WITH CANCER BY SUPPORTING THE PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY UNIT (UHOP FOR ITS ACRONYM IN SPANISH) IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LA PAZ, BCS

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hildhood Cancer: • Cancer is the second cause of death (after accidents) in children worldwide. • During 2013, cancer was the leading cause of death by illness in Mexican children from 5 to 14 years of age. • Between 2005 and 2009, Baja California Sur was the Mexican state with the largest relative incidence (new cases) of cancer in children and teenagers. • 90% of childhood cancer cases are curable if detected early. • In Mexico, 75% of cancer cases are detected in advanced stages, which reduces survival rates and increases the time and cost of treatment. • The survival rate for children with cancer in Mexico after 4 years of beginning treatment is 65%. The 4-year rate in developed countries is 80%.

Sources: • Perfil Epidemiológico del Cáncer en Niños y Adolescentes en México, Sistema Nacional de Vigilancia Epidemiológica, Secretaría de Salud, 2011. • Comisión Nacional de Protección Social en Salud. Fondo de Protección Contra Gastos Catastróficos 2008-2013. • Boletín de Información de Cáncer en Niñas (os) y Adolescentes con Cáncer 2008 a 2012, Centro Nacional para la Salud de la Infancia y la Adolescencia, Secretaría de Salud, 2014.

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ow Has LCCF Helped: • Since 2003, even before LCCF’s birth as registered non-profit, we had sent 4 children to receive cancer treatment to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and 50 more to the Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital in Culiacán, Mexico. • In June 2012, the Pediatric HematologyOncology Unit was created in Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, thanks to LCCF’s initiative and financial support. • 55 children have been diagnosed and/or treated in Baja California Sur since the UHOP began operations in June 2012 and until November 2015. • 12 more children who received their treatment in the Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital, also with LCCF’s support, are now in surveillance at the UHOP.

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• By the end of 2015, the UHOP had 45 active patients: 23 in treatment and 22 in surveillance. • During 2015, LCCF invested $122,234 dollars on improving the health of 45 children with cancer:

• After 10 years of helping local children with cancer get treatment in the most difficult circumstances, we are proud to have contributed greatly to the reality that they can now get well very close to home. • We wil continue to support the children and their families by striving for quality care at the UHOP and sharing with all in need our Spirit of Joy.


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HELPING CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS BY CONTRIBUTING TO BUILD A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

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hildren with Congenital Heart Defects: • In Mexico, congenital malformations, deformities and chromosomal abnormalities, of which congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common, are the second cause of death in children under 4 years of age. • In Baja California Sur, CHDs are the second cause of death in children under 1 year of age. • In Mexico there is no reliable record yet of CHD, but in the U.S. 1% of all births are affected by a CHD. • 25% of CHD cases will be critical and will need surgery during the first year of life. • The average cost of treatment in a private health institution in the U.S. for each child with a CHD, is $23,000 dollars. • Considering that in the last census of 2013, there were 12,500 births in BCS, we can estimate that we will have 100 newborns with CHD every year. • En Europe, they perform 62 surgeries for every one million inhabitants with CHD. With the estimated population in BCS for 2015 (761,075), we can anticipate that approximately 47 babies born in 2015 will require a heart surgery at some point in their lives.

Sources: • National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. • Estadística de Mortalidad, INEGI, 2103. • Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad del Gobierno de España/ *32.- Asistencia Integral al neonato con cardiopatía congénita y niño con cardiopatía congénita compleja.

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ow Has LCCF Helped: • Since 2004, we had sent 25 children to receive life-saving medical care (not related to cancer) in the United States. The majority of them received heart surgeries and other therapeutic procedures for CHD at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (OCHMC). • In 2013, the first open heart surgery in the state of Baja California Sur was performed by Dr. James Hammel, from OCHMC and his team in the ISSSTE Hospital in La Paz. Later that year, a second surgical mission was done in Salvatierra Hospital. • Since June, 2013 and until November, 2015, 6 surgical rounds were performed in BCS by a collaborating team of Mexican and American doctors for a total of 68 surgeries on 65 children.

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• In addition to the surgeries and the caths, approximately 200 cardiac evaluations are done every year by a Pediatric Cardiologist to determine the existence of a CHD or other cardiac conditions. • During 2015, LCCF invested $284,956 dollars on significantly improving the health of 67 children with congentital heart defects:

$254,956 by funding 2 rounds where 24 children received surgery, as well as other needs of the Pediatric Cardiology medical program, such as medical training. $30,000 by funding an organization that supports such program.

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• In April, 2014 the OCHMC team came down to Salvatierra Hospital for a “Cath” mission, where 7 children received catheterizations. Through these procedures patients with CHD may receive proper diagnosis or a solution to their cardiac problem. Since then, 81 caths have been performed by the local team:

• The oppportunity to train side by side with the Omaha team each time there is a round of surgeries, has been fundamental for the local team of O.R. nurses, the surgeon and all the staff in Pediatrics. • We will continue to support the program on its path to accreditation so that it can receive federal funding from the “Seguro Popular” and become a national reference of quality cardiac care in order to continue spreading our Spirit of Love.


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SUPPORTING ISOLATED CASES IN EXTREME NEED AND HELPING CHILDREN IN CRITICAL CONDITIONS THROUGH THE PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN SALVATIERRA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LA PAZ, BCS

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• One of the main requirements for accreditating the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit for receiving funds from the “Seguro Popular” health coverage of the Mexican government, was the creation of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU or UTIP for its acronym in Spanish) in Salvatierra Hospital. • The PICU is also a crutial part of the success of the pediatric heart surgery rounds. Once the medical team from Omaha leaves after the last surgery, it’s the Mexican UTIP team that does most of the post-op care. • Twice a year, the nurses from the PICU receive training at Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in order to continue to improve the post-op care of the cardiac surgical patients. • In addition to the support given to the oncology and cardiology programs, the PICU also serves all kinds of critical pediatric patients from all over the state. It is still the only unit of its kind in Baja California Sur. • Since the PICU began operations in March, 2014 and until December, 2015, 205 patients needed the intervention of the PICU. This respresents approximately 11% of all pediatric patients. • The mortality rate for all the Pediatric area was reduced 53% from 2013 to 2014, due to the specialized care offered by the PICU.

• The average stay at the PICU in 2014 was 8-9 days and in 2015, it wet down to 7-8 days. • After contributing to create the Unit through investment on equipment and staff building in 2014, during 2015, LCCF invested $30,307 dollars on giving 90 children the chance to survive by having quality pediatric intensive care available in BCS:

$8,350 dollars directly on the Pediatric Intensive Care program. $21,957 dollars as part of the budget for the cardiac surgeries, which include PICU expenses such as nurse training at OCHMC. $13,178.33 dollars in critical medical cases which required our immediate support in order to continue living with hope.

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The test of our progress is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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THE YEAR IN STORIES:

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This is an inspiring story that demonstrates how a young man with the initiative to help, can make a true difference. In December 2014, Alexis Antonio began a project he called ‘Por Amor a Ti’ (‘For Love to You’), with the goal of helping the children of our “Spirit of Joy” program. Thanks to Alexis and LCCF’s support, in January of 2015 a pair of pijamas was donated to each patient in the unit. These pijamas facilitate the application of their treatment and help the children be comfortable and warm during their stay at the hospital.

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The cornerstone was set for the construction of the second phase of Casa Valentina. A personal milestone for former first lady of the state, Maria Helena Hernandez, Casa Valentina is a temporary home for cancer patients and their families that come from all the municipalities of Baja California Sur to receive their chemotherapy treatments at Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz. The building was finished by September and now there is a total of 7 bedrooms for 7 patients and a family member. In a picture from the emotional opening, below is little Abril Estrella and her sister with Cruz Elizabeth, the founder of the original Casa Valentina in Culiacan, which LCCF helped put into operations back in 2007 so that the patients from Baja California Sur could stay there while they were in treatment. 25


March: On the picture below is Jorge, a 7 year old cancer patient that is currently in surveillance, which means that he finished his chemotherapy treatment and is therefore kept under watch for 5 years to prevent any relapse. In representation of all the children with cancer, Jorgito received an award for his brave battle during the International Childhood Cancer Day event in La Paz. Jorge had to begin his treatment in Culiacan, but now, thanks to the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit in Salvatierra General Hospital, he could finish his treatment in La Paz, his native town.

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“I’m happy because a dinosaur ate what made my tummy hurt and only left a little scar.� This is how 3 year-old Jose Manuel, one of our guests of honor in the past Fred Duckett Challenge, describes his surgery that took place last December 2014 to remove a tumor in his stomach. We are very happy to share that he finished his cancer treatment in March and is now in surveillance! Congratulations Manuelito for being such a brave hero!

Remember Estrellita? She was a heart hero from the 4th round of open heart surgeries in November 2014. She was a true fighter, her recovery was the toughest of the round. Now, we are very happy to share that she is doing great!

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April:

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Cardiac catheterizations, also known as heart caths, are an important part of our Spirit of Love program. A therapeutic cath changed the life of 4 year old Renata Isabella! She was the first case of VSD (ventricular septal defect) fixed through a heart cath in the State of Baja California Sur. She’s doing very well and never stops smiling!

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Approximately 14,000 children are born in BCS each year and 1% of them are diagnosed with a heart defect. The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation has been addressing congenital heart defects needs in Baja for over a decade, saving the lives of many children by helping them become heart heroes. Here are some stories from the 5th round of open heart surgeries that took place in the month of May in La Paz. Richard Alexander captivated us with his calm and mature attitude. Minutes before surgery he was drawing and playing with other children in the pediatric classroom. This 7 year old little artist was discharged a day after surgery to go home and begin a new life full of hope for a better and healthier future. His parents, Paola and Richard, are grateful beyond words to all of you who contributed to make this possible.

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This adorable 7 month old little baby is Jesus Deivih those cute cheeks were irresistible to all the nurses! “I felt as if my heart was the one fixed” said Virgina, Jesus’ mom, when seeing her baby after his surgery. Jesus was diagnosed since he was born, so she is very grateful to everyone that collaborated for the surgery to finally become a reality. Thanks to you little Jesus can now go and have fun at the beach! Here on the photo, he is held by Brisia Velarde, LCCF’s representative in Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz.

Meet Itzel, a very strong fighter during her tough recovery from heart surgery. Now Itzel has the quality of life she deserves! She has no limits to continue doing the things she loves, such as singing and dancing. Congratulations to Itzel and her family for their courage!

Little Fernando received a luminous bracelet from the nurses which he believed gave him superpowers to quickly recover from his open heart surgery. When he was told it was time to go home, Fernando requested help with his wheelchair to visit the other patients in the intensive care unit. When he saw Itzel, another heart hero of this round, he extended his hand and gently gave his magic bracelet to her, hoping it would now help her in her recovery. A true example of what it means to have the spirit of love. Congratulations Fernando!

Dania is a very brave 8 month old baby. In her short life before the surgery she had received 2 caths. Her parents are very grateful that she finally had the operation that she much needed and are very excited to see her grow as a healthy and happy child. Dania has a new opportunity in life! 28

Remember Kevin? He is a super strong double heart hero! Kevin had his first heart surgery during the 2nd round in December 2013, and during the 5th round he received a second one. Kevin was so cute in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, that even when he was in pain, he tried to smile for the camera. Congratulations to Kevin and his parents, Griselda and Oscar, for their bravery and perseverance! It’s because of generosity, that this little boy can now continue to spread his smile and have a healthy life!


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Rosita was diagnosed with Leukemia and started her treatment in the unit in May 17th of 2014. Her family is originally from Veracruz, but they moved to San Jose del Cabo in search of a better quality of life. Rosita has been in treatment for a year and a half and today she is stable. Rosita is a happy and fun child, and she is very excited because she just turned 4 years old!

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LCCF supported three members of the medical team in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit (UHOP for its acronym in Spanish) of the Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz, to attend an important oncology congress in Mexico City. Bibiana Cruz Rodríguez, Social Worker, Laura Ronquillo López, Clinical Psychologist and Eunice Ibarra Patrón, Head Nurse, appreciate this opportunity provided by the foundation to continue their training. These three ladies are an important part of the UHOP team that makes sure the children not only receive the medical attention they need, but also provides the warm touch they need to feel comfortable and be happy, despite their situation.

Thanks to a donation made by one of LCCF’s supporters of a makeup kit for girls, Rosita, Naomi and Miah spent a fun morning with the UHOP psychologist, Laura, painting their cute faces. Even though they are in a difficult situation, they are still little girls and they love to play, have fun and make new friends! Take a look at these three beautiful warriors:

Naomi, from La Paz, was diagnosed with Leukemia and started visiting the unit in January 24th of 2014, when she was 3 years old. Today, Naomi is 5 and thanks to her treatment she is stable. Naomi is a very friendly girl with a beautiful smile, who loves to learn new things and have fun in the playroom. 29


Miah, from Cabo San Lucas, was diagnosed at the ISSSTE with Leukemia and started her treatment at Obregon, Sonora. Two months later, in July 29th of 2014, she was moved to the cancer unit in La Paz, when she was only 2 and a half years old. Nowadays, Miah is stable and continues her treatment close to home. Miah is a little shy but very smart. Her teachers describe her as an artist because she loves arts and crafts.

July:

verardo &

ulio

Everardo is a 5 year-old boy who is part of our Spirit of Service program. After Hurricane Odile, his family’s small wooden house, located in Cabo San Lucas, was entirely gone. No walls, no ceiling... all they were left with was a platform. As part of our hurricane relief efforts, LCCF helped Everardo’s family of five by donating all the necessary materials for the construction of a new home. Everardo now has a house accessible for his wheelchair. A big thanks to all of our supporters for making beautiful stories like this one possible! 30

Julio finished his cancer treatment and is now in surveillance! This playful 5 year-old boy began his treatment in October 2014 and underwent surgery in December. Congratulations Julio for being such a brave hero! Keep spreading your beautiful smile!


August: ara &

hanti,

September: 10,000 fans,

eresa,

aniela,

uis

aniel &

rul

We like to be in touch with the community we serve. Our facebook page reached 10,000 fans in 2015 and is currently over 12,000. It has even become a useful communication tool for early detection and attention of childhood illnesses. Huge thanks to Daniel and Daniela from SoyMarketing for the great work they do to help us generate awareness and communicate our mission!

Remember Shanti Sofía? She is a heart hero from the 3rd round of open heart surgeries which took place in June 2014. As a sign of appreciation and seeking to help more children with health problems, Teresa, her mother, decided to organize a celebration in benefit of our foundation for her daughter’s first surgery anniversary. A celebration of life! During the event, Teresa collected donations from the attendees in a box titled “Gracias de Todo Corazón” (Thank You from the Heart). On behalf of all the children we assist, LCCF is also grateful for special moments like this one, from the bottom of our heart! Here are Teresa, Shanti and Vanessa Figueroa, LCCF’s Development Director.

LCCF recently donated 10 year-old Luis the feeding tube that he much needed. His mother, Sara, is very grateful as this tube will help prevent infections and keep him well fed. Every donation, big or small, can help change the life of a child and his family! 31


November: ateo,

utilo,

ernanda,

eticia,

lexis & sabela

12 more heart heroes were part of the 6th round of open heart surgeries. We always emphasize the great success of bringing together so many efforts to achieve something as important for the health of the children in our state. In collaboration with Opening Hearts, the team from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha, the Salvatierra Hospital, the Government of Baja California Sur, and other non-profits like Corazon de Niño and Amigos de los Niños, we are all working toward better cardiac health for all the children who live in BCS.

Dr. Srul is in charge of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Salvatierra Hospital. Since his arrival in March 2014, life expectancy in severe cases has considerably increased thanks to the quality of his attention and of his team, and his dedication beyond expectations, working overtime and double shifts when necessary. Srul Schcolnik Navarro is an example of medical preparation, devotion to his patients and passion to help. In the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation we thank, recognize and applaud his valuable work! 32

Here are some of the heroes that join the list of the 65 children whose lives have changed thanks to our Spirit of Love program.


Meet Rutilo, an 8 year old heart hero from Los Cabos. Rutilo’s mother, Juana, was very excited for her son receiving this opportunity. Rutilo likes to play soccer, but he couldn’t practice it as much, as he would get tired very easily. He also likes cars, Juana told us how he and his brother practically use anything as a steering wheel! Thank you to everyone who collaborated for giving Rutilo the quality of life he deserves!

This little boy from Los Cabos is Mateo, a heart hero from the past round of open heart surgeries. When talking to his mother, Mayra, she was surprised and excited by the great improvement she saw in her son just 4 days after his surgery! She described how he gained weight, jumped around and even started to crawl. Congratulations to Mateo and his lovely family!

Leticia is a very smart and shy teenager. This past month of November, Leticia became the fifth heart hero of the past round of open heart surgeries. Leticia’s family is originally from an indigenous community in the Mexican state of Guerrero, but despite the language barrier, you could easily tell how happy her mother, Francisca, was to see her daughter well after the surgery that she much needed. Leticia told us that for many years she has known that she needed surgery, and that she was very nervous when she discovered that she would receive the surgery in this round. However, she is now very happy that it finally happened. Leticia loves to play soccer, and now, thanks to you, she can practice this sport with no fear. Leticia, we congratulate you for your courage!

Meet María Fernanda, at her short age, this little heart hero had already undergone several cardiac catheterizations. This past round, she finally received the heart surgery that she much needed! Her mother, Blanca, is very grateful as she explains how they have been waiting for two years for this surgery to happen. María was a little shy in the hospital, but Blanca describes her as a strong active little girl that wouldn’t let her disease defeat her. 33


Meet Alexis. Alexis has a syndrome that is currently under study, and due to this he had been waiting since 2013 for his heart surgery. Now, his mother Alexia is very happy that it finally happened! This playful little boy loves to pose in front of the camera. Alexia also told us that he loves to go out and experience new things, and now, thanks to everyone that collaborated, Alexis is able to discover the world. Thank you!

December: & YOU!

Angélica Isabela is a sweet little angel with a contagious smile. At such a young age, she became a heart hero in the past round of open heart surgeries of November 2015. Thanks to everyone that collaborated Isabela received a great present for her first birthday: her fixed heart! Isabela turned 1 year old the day after her surgery. Congratulations Isabela! We wish you a year filled with love and health, and we hope you keep spreading that beautiful smile. 34

bril,

velin

Abril Estrella, the first patient to be treated in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit in the Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz is now in surveillance! This means that she currently hasn’t presented activity of cancer cells and will no longer receive chemotherapy, but she will remain under medical supervision. We are proud to share a beautiful message from her Oncologist, Dr. Eduardo Altamirano who is in the picture with Abril and her mother : “Thank you Abril Estrella! For making our community come together for a noble cause: your healing; I compare the journey of 40 months of treatment to when a man is sent to the moon and returns to earth safe and sound.You are emblematic for all of us because you inspired us and brought out the best in us. Everybody who met you was moved by


your courage; you managed to bring together our will to help in an alliance for good; all of Southern Baja has benefited from these achievements.You motivated us to keep working because like you, there are more heroes that will make this difficult journey to the moon united with us by the love for life. Finally, thank you for your smile, it’s our reward!”

We are enchanted by her optimism and true fans of her joy! She had told us she wanted to swim with dolphins when she was strong enough and Hacienda Beach Club & Residences and Cabo Dolphins made her dream a reality! “Moments like these make my life more meaningful and for that I will keep fighting to reach my goal”, she said after her experience. She is a wise and mature teenager, but her energy is unstoppable! We became accomplices in her goal to create awareness, especially Brisia Velarde, our La Paz Representative, who was the first one to catch “evelinitis”. “For me, a hug and a smile are life.” These were Evelin’s words when she described a special event she did in the famous kiosk of the Malecon in La Paz! Evelin sold smiles, hugs and crafts made by her and her grandmother in order to raise money for her prosthetic.

Evelin Aylin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2013 and after many surgeries and chemotherapy we can happily say that she is now in surveillance. She lost a leg during this battle but, no matter the obstacle, Evelin remains positive to motivate everyone to live life to the fullest. By her own initiative, this beautiful and strong 15 yearold fighter started a facebook project called “Ríe Con Evelin Aylin Dv” to send a message of hope to every human being, sick or healthy, that if she can smile every day, there is no reason why you shouldn’t.

This year, we joined a global effort to make GIVING TUESDAY part of our community’s endof-the year habits. With trends like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, our goal is to remind people that it’s important to give back, at least once a year during GIVING TUESDAY. YOU are a BIG and IMPORTANT part of all of our stories, because you make all these miracles possible! Share your GIVING experience with us by sending it to contact@loscaboschildren.org. It doesn’t matter if you gave once or if you do it all the time, it’s no difference if you give money, time, smiles, love… it’s all for the children!

Helping those in need is not only part of our duty, it is also part of our happiness. Jose Marti

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VISITING THE CHILDREN AT SALVATIERRA

t’s becoming an Easter tradition for our friend Monica Page to dress up as a bunny and together with her family bring gifts and cupcakes to the children at Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz. This year we were accompanied by some of our friends from Cabo Villas Beach Resort and the International Community Foundation (ICF).

Here are our friends from Hacienda Beach Club & Residences visiting the cancer patients at Casa Valentina. Their gifts made it a very special day for the children!

We are very grateful for the continuous support of Monica Page Logistics who help our foundation by transporting medical supplies and equipment.

On this visit: friends from The Resort at Pedregal, our distinguished volunteer ladies, board members, donors and the President of the Municipal DIF of Los Cabos, Mrs.Vianey NuĂąez De La Rosa.

Our supporters insist on coming with us to visit Salvatierra and we have now established monthly visits in order to witness the programs directly and get a chance to give some joy, love and hope to the children. We would like to thank our friends from Transcabo, who generously help us for these visits to happen month after month! 36


One of our most recent visits during the heart surgeries with supporters from Monarca Foundation, Hacienda del Mar Vacation Club, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences and some of our board members.

“CELEBRATING LIFE�

ÂĄCelebrando l a Vida!

Each one of you makes it possible to achieve our mission to promote, fund and monitor programs that have a focus on health for children in Baja California Sur to improve their quality of life.

s the end of the year approached, we could not think of a better way to celebrate the victory of being able to perform 68 pediatric open heart surgeries in our state and of treating over 50 children in the pediatric oncology unit in Salvatierra Hospital, since the beginning of these two programs, Spirit of Love and Spirit of Joy, in 2012, than to have a special day for these very special children. Thank you to all our sponsors that made this possible, without your wonderful attitude and generosity our dream would not have become a reality. Children had the opportunity to learn and experience all kinds of professions in a very fun environment, it certainly was a day to remember as you can see in their happy faces! 37


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PARTNERS, SPONSORS AND FRIENDS

he Los Cabos Children’s Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Cabo Villas Beach Resort in furthering its mission of changing the world one child at a time. This resort started a program to create awareness of the work of our foundation and collect donations from their guests in April 2014. A big warm thank you to the Cabo Villas family for their trust and generous support!

Ciclovia Recreativa Los Cabos organized a run for kids in April in Cabo San Lucas as a celebration of Children’s Day! 50% of the ticket sales were donated to bring joy to the young cancer patients in Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz. It was wonderful seeing children of all ages participate knowing it would help other children. With the proceeds raised, Amigos de los Niños helped us distribute toys to the children.

This year Hacienda del Mar Vacation Club became our Proud Partner; one more successful local business with the commitment to give back has joined us in changing the world one child at a time! 39


We were proud to be included among the selected charities to be benefited by the first Los Cabos 5K Charity Run. It was a wonderful way for locals to connect with some of the needs of our community and spend a fun and healthy time with their families.

We thank Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Templo Cabo for their generous support to help us recognize the selfless work and commitment of some of the medical staff in Salvatierra Hospital!

Once again, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation was one of the benefited charities in the 10th edition of Sabor a Cabo. This annual event is a great opportunity to have a great time and give back to the community at the same time. Lila Downs’ performance was fabulous! We look forward to continuing this long friendship. Below Erika Amador, LCCF Volunteer, Marisa Comella from LCCF, Cynthia Wickerink from International Community Foundation and Vanessa Figueroa from LCCF.

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Throughout the year, Cabo Mil helps us stay connected with our community. Thank you Sabrina Lear, Heidi Von Der Rosen, Isabel Loustaunau and Claudia Velo for sharing their microphone with LCCF.

The Christmas Bazaar of the Store ‘Arte de Origen’ at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort donated 50% of their proceeds to our foundation.


F I N A N C I A L S

Los Cabos Children's Foundation

Los Cabos Children's Foundation

2015 AUDIT BY EIDE BAILLY LLP

Statements of Activities Periods Ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014

Statements of Financial Position June 30, 2015 and 2014

2015 Assets Cash and cash equivalents Cash - fiscal agent Promises to give, net Beneficial interests in assets held by International Community Foundation

Liabilities and Net Assets Accounts payable Fiscal agent payable

2014

$

1,326,828 289,031

$ $

2015 (12 months)

$

730,292 7,000 545,509

1,615,859

$

1,847,261

9,183 -

$

10,518 7,000

-

564,460

Total liabilities

9, 1 8 3

17,518

Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted

1,338,130 268,546

1,564,234 265,509

T ot a l n e t a s s e t s

1,606,676

1,829,743

$

1,615,859

$

1,847,261

Unrestricted Revenue, Support, and Gains Contributions In-kind contributions Gross special events revenue (including $48,293 and $64,819 of in-kind contributions for 2015 and 2014, respectively) Less cost of direct benefits to donors Net special events revenue

$

Change in beneficial interest in assets held by International Community Foundation Interest income Net assets released from restrictions for operating purposes Other Total unrestricted revenue, support and gains Expenses Program Management and general Fundraising Total expenses

26,929 316,680 1,290,637 (355,209) 935,428

18,225 557 419,162 2,492

24,436 588 81,528 150

1,515,617

1,385,739

1,250,376 454,952 36,393

702,082 56,253 31,334

1,741,721

789,669

Change in Unrestricted Net Assets

(226,104)

596,070

Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Contributions Net assets released from restrictions

422,199 (419,162)

(81,528)

3 , 03 7

Change in Net Assets

Net Assets, End of Period

See Notes to Financial Statements

(81,528)

(223,067)

Net Assets, Beginning of Period

2

$

723,571 (95,943) 627,628

Change in Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

See Notes to Financial Statements

168,193 279,360

2014 (6 months)

514,542 1,315,201

1,829,743 $

1,606,676

$

1,829,743

3

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Los Cabos Children's Foundation

Los Cabos Children's Foundation

Statement of Functional Expenses Year Ended June 30, 2015

Support Services Management Fundraising and and General Development

Program Services Medical programs Gr ant s Entertainment Food and beverage Payroll Travel Recognition/awards Equipment rental Auto Development Rent Bank charges Professional fees & consulting Phone Printing & reproduction Supplies Patient/family support Other Insurance Depreciation Hurricane relief Loss on uncollectible promises to give Training/education

$

Less expenses included with revenues on the statement of activities Cost of direct benefits to donors Total expenses included in the expense section on the $ statements of activities

452,510 518,350 69,277 3,751 229 14,847 12,663 15,875 4,604 1,561 789 620 90 384 154,319

$

507 1,250,376

$

320,190 * 362 454,952

-

1,250,376

30,048 2,679 163 4,949 19,142 9,045 63,500 1,535 1,115 563 315 1,346 -

454,952

$

$

36,393

452,510 518,350 69,785 25,768 125,747 6,698 390 408 24,745 19,142 22,612 79,375 7,872 2,787 1,408 620 2,110 1,922 154,319 320,190 906 1,837,664

(95,943)

(95,943)

$

Support Services Management Fundraising and and General Development

Program Services

Total

37 132,336

-

$

69,785 25,768 26,422 268 390 16 4,949 904 1,733 111 56 1,705 192 -

Los Cabos Children's Foundation

Statement of Functional Expenses Six-Month Period Ended June 30, 2014

Medical programs Gr ant s Entertainment Food and beverage Payroll Travel Recognition/awards Equipment rental Auto Development Rent Bank charges Professional fees & consulting Phone Printing & reproduction Supplies Patient/family support Other Insurance Depreciation

$

Less expenses included with revenues on the statement of activities Cost of direct benefits to donors Total expenses included in the expense section on the $ statements of activities

547,746 70,500 48,819 3,674 1,729 14,198 3,815 2,024 2,444 654 2,302 4,177 702,082

$

20,577 2,624 1,236 4,733 10,187 2,725 8,095 814 468 1,644 2,982 168 56,253

$

214,696 111,252 5,635 4,903 29,261 10,250 124 4,733 272 1,012 3,842 164 399 386,543

2015 (12 months)

Total $

Statements of Cash Flows Periods Ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014

547,746 70,500 214,696 111,252 75,031 11,201 29,261 10,250 3,089 23,664 10,187 6,812 10,119 4,270 4,964 4,110 7,558 168 1,144,878

Cash Flows from Operating Activities Change in net assets Adjustments to reconcile change in net assets to net cash from operating activities Depreciation and amortization Loss on uncollectible promises to give Change in beneficial interests in assets held by International Community Foundation Changes in operating assets and liabilities Promises to give Prepaid expenses and other assets Accounts payable Deferred revenue

702,082

-

$

56,253

(355,209)

$

31,334

(223,067)

$

320,190

Net Cash from Operating Activities

514,542 168 -

(18,225)

(24,436)

(63,712) (1,335) -

(107,471) 27,939 5,449 (23,000)

13,851

393,191

Cash Flows from Investing Activities Withdrawal from beneficial interests in assets held by International Community Foundation

582,685

-

Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

596,536

393,191

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period

-

$

2014 (6 months)

730,292 $

1,326,828

337,101 $

730,292

(355,209)

$

789,669

1,741,721

* See Note 3 in the Notes to the Financial Statements

See Notes to Financial Statements

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4

See Notes to Financial Statements

5

See Notes to Financial Statements

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J O I N

U S ! TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE CHILD AT A TIME!

JOIN US!

Here is why donating to LCCF is a great option: 1. We have a Charity Navigator 4-star rating, the highest score given to a non-profit for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. 2. We will use your donation to continue to promote, fund, and monitor programs that have a focus on the health of the children of Baja California Sur. As you know, we currently support 8 local non-profits and 3 medical programs. 3. Our only interest is for children to have a better quality of life and we’re sure it’s your wish too! You can make a contribution through the following options: Credit Card – Secure Online Donations: www.loscaboschildren.org Wire Transfer / Deposit: In the U.S.: Beneficiary Bank: Central Bank Bank Address: 2270 Frontage Road West, Stillwater, MN 55082 ABA #: 091905114 Beneficiary Name: Los Cabos Children’s Foundation Beneficiary Account Number: 4208586 Beneficiary Address: 1585 Thomas Center Dr., Suite 101, Eagan, MN 55122 In Mexico: Beneficiary Bank: BBVA Bancomer Beneficiary Name: Los Cabos Childrens Foundation, A.C. Peso Account: 0198693846 Clabe: 012045001986938468 Dollar Account: 0198694184 Clabe: 012045001986941840 Check: In the U.S.: Make checks payable to: Los Cabos Children’s Foundation Mail U.S. Checks to: 1585 Thomas Center Dr., Suite 101, Eagan, MN 55122 In Mexico: Make checks payable to: Los Cabos Childrens Foundation, A.C. Deliver Mexican checks to: Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 28, Local 1B, Colonia Costa Azul, San Jose del Cabo. B.C.S. 23406 We have tax exempt status in both the U.S. and Mexico, so please let us know the information for your receipt by writing: admin@loscaboschildren.org. 43


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